Zillow pledges $5M to new computer science and engineering building at UW


Architectural rendering of CSE2, looking across Stevens Way.

Seattle-based real estate company Zillow says it has committed $5 million toward the development of a second computer science and engineering building on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus.

Zillow’s donation will help fund construction of a new 130,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility, slated for completion in 2019.

The facility will complement the existing building and allow the university to double the number of CSE degrees it awards each year and reduce the number of qualified students who are turned away from the program.

“Students are clamoring for a CSE education, but we have to turn away roughly two-thirds of students who meet the prerequisites due to lack of space,” said Ed Lazowska, the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering.

One of the highlights of the building will be the “Zillow Commons,” a 3,000 square-foot event and multi-use space for students, faculty and the community.

Microsoft and Amazon have also committed millions to the effort to build a second CSE building with pledges of $10 million each.


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